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Home on the Range

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About Home on the Range

The words to this song were published in several newspapers during the 1870s, credited to Dr. Higley Brewster of Smith County, Kansas. The tune was allegedly composed by Daniel E. Kelly. Other claims set the origin of the song to an earlier time. It became hugely popular throughout the English-speaking world in the first half of the twentieth century.

Lyrics to Home on the Range

Home on the Range

chorus:

Home, home on the range
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

verses:

Oh, give me a home
Where the buffalo roam
Where the deer and the antelope play
Where seldom is heard
A discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day

(chorus)

Where the air is so pure
The zephyrs so free
The breezes so balmy and light
That I would not exchange
My home on the range
For all the cities so bright

(chorus)

Oh, give me a land
Where the bright diamond sand
Flows leisurely down the stream
Where the graceful white swan
Goes gliding along
Like a maid in a heavenly dream

(chorus)

Oh, I love these wild flowers
In this dear land of ours
The curlew I love to hear scream
I love the white rocks
And the antelope flocks
That graze on the mountain tops green

(chorus)

The red man was pressed
From this part of the West
He's likely no more to return
To the banks of Red River
Where seldom if ever
Their flickering campfires burn

(chorus)

How often at night
When the heavens are bright
With the light of the glittering stars
Have I stood here amazed
And asked as I gazed
If their glory exceeds that of ours

(chorus)

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Compact Disc with Home on the Range

This song is available on the compact disc:
Ballad of America Volume 2: America Singing
Buffalo Gal is on the album Ballad of America  Volume 2: America Singing

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